One day a farmerís
donkey fell down into a well..

The animal cried piteously for hours (or whatever donkeys do when they fall into an old well) as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympa≠thized with the donkey, but decided that the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasnít worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyoneís amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw.

As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmerís neighbors continued to shovel dirt on the top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

The Moral ... Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to get≠ting out of a hole is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a step≠ping-stone. We can get out of the deepest holes just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

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